A Remote Glimpse of World Parks Congress 2014

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Maintenance of community micro-hydro electricity generation project, Sabah, Borneo. Andy Luck photo and copyright. Maintenance of community micro-hydro electricity generation project, Sabah, Borneo. Andy Luck photo and copyright.

Wildopeneye is watching The World Parks Congress 2014, currently under way and ongoing until Nov.19, in Sydney as an important event. A milestone in human progress. I used to judge the quality of a civilization by the standard of its public toilets, now I think that a rather better measure of worth is the state of its protected areas. According to a News release from United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) “The world is on track to meet a 2020 target on the expansion of protected areas, (15.4 % of terrestrial areas, 3.4 % of oceans are protected) but more work is needed to ensure areas of importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services are prioritized for protection under equitably managed conditions. (http://worldparkscongress.org/drupal/news/media-releases)

Degrees of protection for land and marine areas vary across the world and even within…

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